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Matt Ulery

Chicago based bassist/composer and bandleader, Matt Ulery, has developed an instantly recognizable sound. Known for his sweeping lyricism, unconventional phrase structures, and expressionistic emotionalism, Ulery’s music is informed by the entire spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk– specifically American, South American, Balkan, and other European folk styles. He performs not only on upright and electric bass, but doubles on tuba. Ulery is the leader of his own groups, Loom, By a Little Light, and a member, among others, of Eastern Blok, and the Grazyna Auguscik Group. Ulery has released 5 albums of all original music under his name including his most recent release of a double album on Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music record label in June 2012. Ulery earned a Master of Music degree at Depaul University and Bachelors degree in music composition at The Chicago College of Performing at Roosevelt University and has played in bands with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Phil Markowitz, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Patricia Barber, Goran Ivanovic, Jeff Parker, Zach Brock, and many others. When not touring parts of the U.S

Pollinator

Label: Woolgathering Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Clown Drum; So Long, Toots; Dropping' In; Jelly; Cakes; Soup Talk; Feed; Clover.

Dave Miller

Label: Tompkins Square
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Hand Dipped 04:13 2. Fellow Man 04:21 3. Rollerblade or Die 03:38 4. Bison Boom 07:47 5. Your New Truth 05:09 6. Ellie & Arthur 05:22 7. BW 05:21 8. Deep Moraine 04:39

The Shadows and The Light

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2020
Track listing: Shadow Intro; Batá Chop; At This Point In Time; Rift; Pathways; Sahara; Star Cluster; Moon Vision; Ecliptics; Planet Earth; Jupiter Moon; Horizons; King Korn; The Shadows and The Light; Lucid Dream.

The Weather Up There

Label: Northern Spy Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Sleep; 1985; All I Know; It's Nothing; The Breaks; Hike; Elegy; Return These Tides; The Weather Up There; He Pushes Up.

Imagined Sky

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Augusta Fairgrounds; Queen Anne; Crimes; Between the Four Seas; Truehearted; Dollarama; Always Starting Over; Petrichor; Bottom of the Barrel.

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Matt Ulery: Delicate Charms

Read "Delicate Charms" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Nuovo album del contrabbassista chicagoano Matt Ulery, che riunisce in quintetto alcuni suoi frequenti collaboratori per realizzare un lavoro di brillante e articolato jazz moderno. La formazione vede il leader affiancato dal pianista Rob Clearfield e dal batterista Quin Kirchner, mentre la front line è composta dal sax contralto di Greg Ward e dal ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 8

Read "A Jazz Immuno-Booster: Part 8" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The immuno-booster series is back. After all and, sadly, the pandemic is everything but over so our need for soothing and uplifting music is greater than ever. As usual, we've asked a number of prominent jazz musicians to share with our readers the music they rely for encouragement. For this instalment the selectors were ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Matt Ulery, Fred Pallem, Sylvain Darrifourq, Tim Garland & More New Releases

Read "Matt Ulery, Fred Pallem, Sylvain Darrifourq, Tim Garland & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For the second part of this week's exploration of new and upcoming releases, we Focus. As in... we compare and contrast the music from that iconic 'saxophone & strings' album by Stan Getz with the two more recent CDs—both entitled Re Focus—by Tim Garland and Sylvain Rifflet which Getz's 1961 masterpiece inspired. The latter was orchestrated ...

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Meet Mike Jurkovic

Read "Meet Mike Jurkovic" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I currently live in: The hills of the Hudson Valley with Emily, the deer, the bears, the battling hummingbirds, a seasonal view of the Shawangunk Ridge, and our three cats. I joined All About Jazz in: The summer of 2017. Why did you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I had ...


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